Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell may have to call his mixed martial arts career quits early, according to UFC President Dana White.
White made the surprising remarks today at the final UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, saying "Cantwell has some medical problems ... he might not ever fight again."
He opted not to elaborate further more than likely because it is a personal medical issue. But he left more than a few fans and those in attendance curious and concerned about what Cantwell could possibly be up against.
Neither Cantwell nor his camp have provided additional clarification at this time.
"Robot" was scheduled to take on Vladimir Matyushenko in a 205-pound bout before getting scratched late last night for unknown reasons. He was looking to rebound from back-to-back losses to Brian Stann and Luis Cane before this latest news.
Hopefully, he'll get well and have that opportunity sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, no replacement has been announced to take on "The Janitor" in Cantwell's absence, meaning the injury-riddled UFC 108 fight card will likely go on with 11 bouts rather than the planned 12.
UFC 108 will feature a reworked main event between former smooth-moving light heavyweight champion "Sugar" Rashad Evans and the hard-hitting Thiago Silva. British brawler Paul Daley is slated to battle Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom Dustin Hazelett in the co-featured fight of the night.
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